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Kitchen Table Talks: Data Privacy: Surveillance in the Time of COVID

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Join MetroLab Network and the Future of Privacy Forum to talk about how we might use technology ethically and responsibly in times of crisis

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As news surrounding COVID-19 continues to develop, we’re seeing more and more stories regarding government use of technology to track and curb the pandemic. Acknowledging that technology can have incredibly positive effects, including providing real-time data to decision-makers, what are things that governments and researchers alike should be aware of as they procure and deploy these technologies? What guidance might we be able to provide about technological use--and its aftermath/consequences?

Join MetroLab Network and the Future of Privacy Forum for a Kitchen Table Talk--a small, informal discussion (maybe even from your own kitchen table). During this Kitchen Table Talk, we will share:

  • examples of tools presently used to inform COVID-19-related policies and plans,
  • specific benefits and challenges to using these tools in the public realm,
  • ethical issues that arise from use of these tools (both in the present and in the future), and
  • other thoughts and considerations on the use of surveillance tools and technologies to aid in COVID-19 response.

Those with backgrounds in civic data, data privacy and security, and smart cities technology are encouraged to attend--all are welcome!

This event is limited to a maximum of 10 participants. There is also a waitlist for those who might not make the first 10.

Stay tuned for more Kitchen Table Talks!


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Organizer MetroLab Network

Organizer of Kitchen Table Talks: Data Privacy: Surveillance in the Time of COVID

MetroLab Network is an international collaborative of 27 cities, 6 counties, and 34 universities focused on civic research and innovation.

We believe that data- and technology-oriented research and innovation will lead to more effective, targeted, adaptive, and creative government and community services, improving social services, mobility options, urban spaces, public health, and more. It will enable sustainability goals and climate resilience. It will foster trust in government, train the next generation of the public workforce, and cultivate a civic-minded public. It will enable responsible and transparent applications of data and technology in government.

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